Then I can turn on an extra light and curl up on the couch in the office with a book before cleaning and other chores.
He got some care and medicine at the Vet's for his ears to clear them up. Plus he got a treat from each vet tech that stopped by to pet him with a "oh, it's a black lab!" as he gave everyone that "No one has given me ANYTHING" look.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Pot Pie
You know how on some menus, they have the little heart symbol, to indicate something healthy? Well this dish, with bacon fat, ham, lard and crème fraîche would have the little heart, PLUS some C4.
The lard (wonderful rendered stuff from my favorite butcher) goes in the pie crust, that with flour, vinegar and such, making the tenderest, flakiest pie crust (I doubled the recipe, the other crust was part of a peach pie that was made for colleagues)
For the pot pie, I rolled the pastry out into individual ramekin sizes, with the extras frozen for a bachelor cooking night.
The filling had honey roasted ham, (sauteed in a little bacon fat to crisp up the edges) chicken breast, fresh veggies and a caramelized onion/garlic/herb blend that mingled very well with a sauce made of chicken stock, crème fraîche and a splash of cooking Sherry.
Sure, it will never make the doorstop that those frozen Costco pot pies will, but it would make about any one feel better.
Saturday didn't start off as planned but it sure ended pretty well.